Rush Hour’s June 3 season opener saw many brave concertgoers whose passion for music triumphed over the torrential Chicago weather. Our theme this season focuses on the role of the listener, and our intrepid attendees asserted their essential role in the concert experience despite the difficult circumstances. These music lovers were rewarded with an array of snacks, wine, Argo tea, stimulating conversation, and a Rush Hour premiere of Clancy Newman’s String Quartet (2002) by the Chicago String Quartet.

String Quartet’s dynamic performance by the Chicago String Quartet was met with an enthusiastic response from audience members, with many raves that the piece was “exciting,” “interesting,” and “really really great!”

Many thanks to the staff of St. James Cathedral, the volunteers, and the Chicago String Quartet for helping to make our first concert a success! See you next week…

The Chicago String Quartet warms up before the performance.

Students from the Kaplan Aspect English school at IIT help assemble the program booklets.

Two young concertgoers at the pre-concert reception.

Composer and cellist Clancy Newman speaks to a concert attendee after the concert.

Artistic Director Deborah Sobol smiles with RH supporter Martha Anne Yandle at the pre-concert reception.

For more pictures, please visit our Flickr photo album of Tuesday’s concert. Also, Rush Hour is pleased to present the second installment of Rush Hour Conversations with an interview of Clancy Newman. Click here to listen.

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